October 10, 2010 |
I chuckled when I first approached the SugarHouse Casino that opened to long lines last month in Philadelphia. That's it? I'm not an architecture expert, but to me the outside resembles a Circuit City. Maybe it should be called the SugarWarehouse. So it's no Bellagio in Las Vegas. But compared with the meat warehouse across the street and the law office with "Legal Eagle" painted on the building, SugarHouse practically spiffs up the neighborhood. However, considering the steady stream of cars pulling into the parking lot Wednesday morning, and the people getting off a SEPTA bus across the street, the gamblers don't care where the casino is or if it looks like a discount retailer.
September 24, 2010 |
DEIDRE JONES may not be in the same league as legendary gamblers Arnold Rothstein and Nick "The Greek" Dandolos, but the Delaware County woman did carve out a little piece of gaming history yesterday afternoon as she appeared to be the first person ever legally dealt a hand of blackjack in Philadelphia. Jones, who bet a black, pink and lime-green $100 chip at a $25-minimum table, was one of the hundreds of people who jammed the SugarHouse Casino on the Delaware River almost five years after plans to build it were first announced.
September 3, 2010 |
The racetrack in Bensalem was Keystone for a decade, Philadelphia Park for a quarter century. It is now Parx Racing. Even though the giant casino building on the property has been called Parx Casino since it opened in December, this will take some getting used to. On Tuesday, one player in the South Philly Turf Club was displeased when he could not find Philadelphia Park on the self-service betting machine. It already had been changed to Parx Racing. Only nobody had told him. "What is Par X?"
September 1, 2010 |
GETTYSBURG ? After two days of impassioned testimony, the state Gaming Control Board wrapped up a public hearing on whether to open a casino near the historic Gettysburg battlefield. Developer David LeVan, a longtime Adams County resident and onetime Conrail Inc. chairman, is proposing to place a casino in an existing hotel and conference center a half-mile from the boundary of Gettysburg National Military Park and two miles from the Mason-Dixon Line. Just shy of 400 people, from preservationists and historians to veterans and farmers, had registered to speak on the proposal, and their testimony over the last two days put on public display how deeply the issue has divided the community.
September 1, 2010 |
GETTYSBURG - The developer of a proposed casino Tuesday called this historic community the "last untapped gaming marketplace" in Pennsylvania and contended that his casino would rejuvenate the area's recession-ravaged economy while respecting its rich history and tradition. David LeVan, a onetime Conrail chairman who wants to develop the casino a half-mile from Gettysburg National Military Park, told state gaming officials at a packed hearing that his $75 million Mason-Dixon Resort & Casino would lure new jobs, more tourists, and much-needed tax revenue.
August 31, 2010 |
GETTYSBURG ? The developer of a proposed casino in Gettysburg today called the historic community "the last untapped gaming marketplace" in Pennsylvania, and contended that his project would create jobs and revitalize the area while respecting its rich history and tradition. David LeVan, the Adams County resident proposing the casino, told state gaming board officials at a packed hearing that his $75 million Mason-Dixon Resort & Casino project would have a "tremendous economic development" impact on the county and would not affect Gettysburg National Military Park, one of the nation's first "hallowed" grounds.
August 27, 2010
SugarHouse Casino will open to invited guests Sept. 20 and 22 for a test run of its 1,600 slot machines and 40 table games in a dress rehearsal for 800 workers. With the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's approval, the public launch of Philadelphia's first gambling hall will follow at 1 p.m. Sept. 23. The casino's take from the test days will be divided among four charities: the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, the Fraternal Order of Police Survivors Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund, and the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center.
August 17, 2010 |
When Philadelphia Park resumes live racing on Aug. 30, fans will notice that the first floor has a completely new look. After the slot machines came into the building in 2006, the entire first floor was given to slots. Now that all the machines are in the giant building across the parking lot, most of the first floor will revert to racing, with a large spot set aside for a poker room that will be unveiled sometime later this year. Construction is ongoing, but Joe Wilson, the track's chief operating officer, promises that the first floor will be open by Labor Day. "And if it can be sooner, it will be sooner," Wilson said.
August 14, 2010 |
Five times this summer, Bensalem police have been called to investigate reports that unattended children were sitting in cars outside the Parx Casino while their parents gambled inside. Sharon Balek, 35, of Philadelphia, is the latest case, police said. Balek was charged Thursday with child endangerment for leaving her daughters, 8 and 15, in the parking lot Aug. 1 while she played the slot machines - for six hours. The teenager - stuck with a nonworking cell phone - flagged down a passerby about 12:30 a.m. and borrowed a phone to call her father.